Access exclusive podcasts, interviews and analysis with a monthly or annual membership

Become A Member
Dublin: 17°C Sunday 13 June 2021

'I don’t think £200 million for Neymar is expensive' - Mourinho weighs in on potential PSG mega-move

The Manchester United manager will see the club’s record fee for Paul Pogba doubled were PSG to secure the Barcelona forward.

JOSE MOURINHO SAID he does not believe the record-shattering €222 million transfer fee PSG are willing to pay for Neymar is expensive.

Speaking after his side beat Sampdoria 2-1 in the Aviva Stadium last night in a pre-season friendly, the United boss added that he is concerned how the staggering figure will affect future transfers.

Manchester United v Sampdoria - Pre-Season Friendly - Aviva Stadium Mourinho's United beat Sampdoria 2-1 in Dublin last night. Source: Niall Carson

Mourinho shelled out €105 million last summer to re-sign the club’s former midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus, but the French outfit are poised to double that record to tempt the Brazilian from Barcelona.

“When we signed Paul Pogba, I said he was not expensive,” Mourinho said.

“Expensive are the ones that get to a certain level without a certain quality. I don’t think £200 million for Neymar is expensive.

“Expensive is the fact there will now be more players at £100m, more players at £50m, more players at £60m — that’s the problem.

“Neymar is one of the best players in the world, so commercially that is very strong but the problem is not Neymar — the problem is the consequences.”

Neymar File Photo Barcelona want PSG to pay the Brazilian's entire buy-out clause, which stands at €222 million. Source: Tim Goode

Mourinho was speaking after a late Juan Mata goal gave his United team victory in their final pre-season game, after a Dennis Praet strike had cancelled out Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s first half goal.

The win puts United in a confident mood ahead of next Tuesday’s Uefa Super Cup clash with Real Madrid in Macedonia.

Mourinho revealed the club are likely to appeal the two-game European ban handed to Phil Jones after verbally abusing anti-doping officials after the Europa League final win in May.

“Put yourself in his position. He wins a European cup and wants to celebrate with his team,” Mourinho said.

“He wants to get the cup, the medal and be in the pictures but one doctor wants to close him in a small room because of the doping control.

“It’s very hard to control a player in this situation and Uefa should consider this. It’s not a normal match — it’s a cup, a medal, a celebration. It’s everything.

“There was no wrongdoing in his behaviour, just a human desire to celebrate. I feel really sorry for him and I don’t think it’s fair.

“I would (appeal) if I was him. If you do that you have the risk of even more punishment but it’s a decision I will leave with him.”

The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us!

Irish fans treated to a Man United victory on their Aviva Stadium return

Ireland’s first New Balance home kit has been officially unveiled

About the author:

The42 Team

Read next: